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Local TV invite for five Scottish locations

Posted onJuly 31, 2014

Local TV invite for five Scottish locations

Local TV invite for five Scots locations

Ofcom today invited applications for new local TV channels in seven UK locations - Aberdeen, Ayr, Carlisle, Dundee, Forth Valley, Inverness and Stoke on Trent.

The invitation follows legislation passed in 2011, enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences allowing the broadcast of local TV channels on digital terrestrial TV.

Five local TV channels are now broadcasting. The first of these was Estuary TV in Grimsby, which launched in November 2013. The first local TV channel in Scotland (STV Glasgow) launched in June this year.

The closing date for applications for the Scottish areas of Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee, Forth Valley and Inverness, and the English areas of Carlisle and Stoke on Trent, is 23 October 2014.

As well as broadcasting on digital terrestrial, it is anticipated that local TV channels might choose to offer their services on satellite, cable and online.

Details on how to apply can be found here.

Local TV stations

The first local TV licences were advertised by Ofcom in May 2012. In the first phase, Ofcom awarded 19 local TV licences.

Ofcom has already invited applications for 18 locations in the second phase of local TV licensing. During this phase, licences have so far been awarded to Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Mold, York, Cambridge, Swansea, Guildford, Reading, Salisbury, Maidstone and Tonbridge, and Basingstoke.

Pre-Nuptial Agreements gaining popularity in Scotland

Posted onJune 20, 2014

Pre-Nuptial Agreements gaining popularity in Scotland

Pre-Nuptial Agreements gaining popularity in Scotland

Celebrities’ relationships are known to end as quickly as they begin, which explains why many lawyers advise that they enter into an iron-clad prenuptial agreement. But what about the rest of us?

A Fife Solicitors firm has revealed that Pre-Nuptial Agreements are gaining popularity in Scotland and amongst its client base, where increasing numbers of couples are resorting to ‘Pre-Nups’ to ensure that neither party loses out if the marriage ends.

Ronnie Murphy, Partner, Murray Donald said, “A few years ago, Pre-Nups were rarely entered into in Scotland and there was even debate in legal circles as to whether they were valid or enforceable. However, as the Law Commission, who advise the Westminster Government on updates to the law, proposes to make them legally binding in England and Wales, Scotland is one step ahead. The starting point in Scots Law is that Pre-Nups are generally accepted as being “legally binding” (or, more accurately, “enforceable by the court.”)

Pre-nuptial agreements are recommended for people who, for whatever reason, wish to ring-fence some of their assets prior to getting married or entering into a civil partnership. When most people think of Pre-Nups, they envisage Hollywood stars protecting their millions from their future spouse. However, they are not just luxuries for the super-rich and may be advisable for individuals of more modest means.

If, for example, you own a business or properties you may be interested in a Pre-Nup. Equally, you might have savings or investments which you would like to protect. You may also wish to consider a pre-nuptial agreement if you are entering into a second marriage or civil partnership, or marrying later in life with a wish to protect inherited or gifted assets.

Regardless of the motivating factors, it is important that the couple seek legal advice prior to entering into a pre-nuptial agreement. The agreement must be fair and reasonable at the time that it is entered into and there should be no suggestion of one spouse being pressurised into signing the agreement.

Mr Murphy continued, “We understand that it’s not necessarily the most romantic conversation to have with your partner but having an open and honest conversation at an early stage in your relationship will mean that it’s dealt with and you can enjoy those honeymoon days worry-free! You should make sure that you allow sufficient time prior to the wedding or civil partnership to get all of the details ironed out, ensuring that it is signed before the big day.  It is, in fact, advisable to start the process three to four months before the wedding in the hope of having it signed at least two months before the wedding.”

So what might be included in the agreement?

 

  • Both parties can protect their existing assets
  • How other assets will be divided rather than in accordance with the terms of The Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985 which can have unexpected results
  • The level of financial support to be paid after separation
  • Pension provision for stay-at-home spouses
  • Pre-Nups are usually drafted so that they remain in force indefinitely.  They could also be written in such a way that they cease to have effect after a certain number of years or when an event such as the birth of a child occurs.  However, if past experience of actors, actresses, musicians and those in the media are anything to go by, such “sunset clauses” only result in one of the spouses waiting until the necessary number of years have elapsed before separating thereby rendering the Pre-Nup void.

 

Some of the more unusual provisions which have been written into Pre-Nups relate to which spouse has custody of the family dog and when the other spouse is allowed to spend time with the dog and a clause stating that mother-in-laws are not allowed to have sleepovers in the couple’s house!

When it comes to the cost for a Pre-Nup, the fee is likely to be money well spent as contested divorce proceedings costing many thousands of pounds may be avoided at a later date.  It is usually recommended that the spouse seeking the Pre-Nup pay for the legal fees incurred by the other spouse in entering into the Agreement.

Furthermore, if the Agreement is registered in the Books of Council and Session it can be used to force payment without the need to first apply to the Court.

While Pre-Nups gain popularity in Scotland, in England, the Law Commission has consulted about whether to introduce them and has recently recommended that Pre-Nups should be made legally binding there but only after the financial needs of the separating couple and any children have been taken into account.

The English Law Commission wants Pre-Nups to be strictly regulated and drafted in accordance with standard formulas with official guidance being published on what constitutes legitimate “financial needs”.

The government, the Commission said, should also fund a “long-term study to assess whether a workable, non-statutory formula could be produced that would give couples a clearer idea of the amounts that might need to be paid to meet needs”. It added: “Formulae are already used successfully in other jurisdictions such as Canada, where they produce a guideline range of outcomes within which couples can negotiate.”

The Law Commission’s proposals has been sent to the Ministry of Justice, which will examine whether it wishes to draw up legislation on the basis of the suggestions. Past governments have shown reluctance to revise marriage laws.

 

New book Moving On advocates independent currency for Scotland

Posted onFebruary 25, 2014

New book Moving On advocates independent currency for Scotland

New book Moving On advocates independent currency for Scotland

IN March 2016, the Scots may be electing their first sovereign Parliament since 1707.

An early priority would be to decide upon the country’s Monetary Policy, principally the national currency and the nature of its banking system.

Until that time, Scotland will continue to use Sterling irrespective of the composition of that new government or the agreement of Westminster.

Launching on Wednesday, March 5 2014 at a YES Campaign meeting in Helensburgh, ‘Moving On’ is a new book advocating an independent currency  for Scotland.

The co-authors, a successful businessperson and a senior trade unionist combine to argue against the present neo-liberal economic dogma and its close association with what it considers to be shadowy financial markets.

‘Moving On’ is equally critical of democratically-elected governments which – in its view – cave in to lobbyists, bankers and financial engineers representing the City of London. Instead, the book offers a completely fresh constitutional formula isolating the currency from vested and political self-interest.

Part Two sets out the brave and lonely case for change. Unusually, this is done in a remarkably realistic context – that of Scotland regaining its independence and setting about a 21st-century Enlightenment, reminiscent of that pioneering Scotsman, Adam Smith, rather than his countryman, James Paterson, who founded the Bank of England over 80 years previously. The comparison holds good today, that of the philosopher and social reformer, Adam Smith, and the alleged self-interest and short-term opportunism of Paterson.

‘Moving On’ represents the first book to detail a practical and more exciting option to the present financial regime. That is sorely needed and as Dennis Canavan writes in the Foreword, will contribute significantly to that debate.

The book will be available from Amazon from March 5 2014.

The Dundee Channel News 22-10-12

Posted onOctober 22, 2012

The Dundee Channel News 22-10-12

The Dundee Channel News 22-10-12

A round up of the local news with The Dundee Channel.

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Dundee Channel News

Posted onSeptember 20, 2012

Dundee Channel News

Dundee Channel NewsDundee voters are urged to check their details, Dundee MP warns independence could harm the Scottish Video Games Industry, Road works firm gives reassurance ahead of long term waterfront development and DUSA comes top.

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Scottish school pupils bang the drum for science

Posted onJune 14, 2012

Scottish school pupils bang the drum for science

Scottish school pupils bang the drum for scienceHundreds of Scottish school pupils welded with chocolate and sculpted furniture from newspapers, while showcasing their own scientific innovations centred around everything from moths to the Mona Lisa.

Open to 11-19 year olds showcasing their impressive array of innovations, inventions and investigations underpinned by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), The Big Bang Scotland once again headed to Perth on Tuesday 12 June 2012. 

Projects being judged on the day ranged from a ‘forgery’ of the Mona Lisa to which sweets make the best glue, as well as investigations into suntan lotions, prolonging the life of freshly cut flowers, moths, glow sticks and even the Science of the Avengers!

Organised by Aberdeen-based educational charity TechFest-SetPoint, the event attracted around 90 competing projects, with around 850 pupils, competitors and visitors attending from 65 schools. 

When not being judged, pupils had fun exploring the sweeter side of science, when over 1,000 bars of white chocolate are unwrapped during Scotland’s first ever Chocolate Welding workshops. 

Meanwhile, Perth-based eco-artist Lisa’s Earl presented engineering, recycling and sustainability at its very best with her Stixx machine which rolls newspapers into incredibly strong poles ideal for building and sculpting. One of only two machines in Scotland, Lisa will be helping pupils roll their Stixx from a pile of old papers, join them with cable ties and build a stool that will, incredibly, take the weight of an adult.

The huge event spread across Perth Concert Hall, the neighbouring Perth Museum and Art Gallery and, for the first time, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

 




Abertay University launches new School

Posted onJune 10, 2012

Abertay University launches new School

Abertay University launches new SchoolA new academic School is being launched by the University of Abertay Dundee today to offer a wide range of new opportunities to study cyber security, engineering and intelligent systems, informatics, and web, communication and design.
 The new School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics will also offer a broader, more flexible learning experience by offering all students common first and second years, allowing them a broader educational experience through a wide range of modules before specialising. Further improved articulation is also a key focus, as is developing computing and engineering courses that are more appealing to female students.
Professor Simeon Keates, Head of the new School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics, said:
“Abertay has an international reputation for developing practical degrees like Ethical Hacking, and this new School is focused on developing that success by providing more flexibility, more courses and greater access for students from all backgrounds.
“Computing is a fascinating, exciting and challenging area with superb employment opportunities – every part of our daily lives involves computer technologies, and by teaching students a wide range of skills we’re training the next generation of professionals who will solve the world’s major technical problems.
“Practical research is another key focus, working to support Government objectives and the computing challenges associated with cyber security attacks, sustainably managing energy supplies, securing private data and communicating with the disabled and the elderly online.
“Our research will feed directly into the practical-focused teaching of the School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics. It’s a very, very exciting time for technology and our students have an unprecedented range of opportunities open to them.”
Abertay’s School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics will focus on five main teaching areas: computing; cyber security; informatics; web, design and communication; and engineering and intelligent systems.
The four main research themes that will inspire teaching will be: user-centred design; cyber security; mobile and pervasive computing; and smart energy.
The new School succeeds the School of Computing and Engineering Systems. Students currently studying and due to enrol in September 2012 will follow the existing course structure.
The new structure and degree programmes will recruit for a September 2013 start.
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